Dr.Karol, MD

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Radical Remedies: Fecal Transplants Work

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Shocking but true: Another person’s stool samples in enteric-coated capsules can save your life in the case of a certain devastating condition. Fecal transplant treatment is here to stay.

It all begins with a condition called Pseudomembranous Colitis —an infection of the bowel caused by clostridium difficile bacteria. The condition develops after antibiotic treatment eradicates all bacteria in the gut, including the good bacteria called probiotics. Normally probiotics prevent colonisation by bad toxic bacteria. However, when these good bacteria are eradicated by antibiotics, there is plenty of room for bad bacteria to step in and cause disease. The consequence: C-difficile causes the deaths of 300 people each day in North America — despite modern medical efforts.

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Early Reluctance

In the late 1950s, surgeons from Colorado introduced feces (from a healthy donor) dissolved in water to patients with this devastating condition via a rectum pump as enemas. At the time, they had no idea that an infection was the cause of Pseudomembranous Colitis. The result: the complete and quick recovery of all patients treated. Of course, as is often the case, the medical establishment was quick to refute and ignore such findings by calling the treatment “unusual in nature” and “invasive” as compared to antibiotics. Just imagine the loss of life that resulted from this ignorance.

Later Acceptance

Needless to say, some ingenious researchers picked up the idea and published an article in 2013 in the New England Medical Journal. Their research resulted in a 94% cure rate when treating with a micro-biota stool transplant by enema, compared to a 31% cure rate with standard antibiotic treatment. In fact, the fecal treatment was so effective that the researchers had to discontinue the study because it was deemed unethical for the placebo group to be receiving a placebo and not the actual treatment.

The treatment can be administered in many forms: stool dissolved in saline water as an enema, via a tube through the mouth and esophagus into the small intestine, or via enteric coated stool capsules taken orally that dissolve once they pass the stomach. All forms have been shown to be equally effective.

The treatment has also been shown to be highly effective in treating ulcerative colitis, a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS) and even for Parkinson’s disease, although this result is so shocking that it surely requires further investigation.

For now, let’s marvel at this radical therapy that has the power to save over a 100,000 people per year in North America alone.

Author: Dr. Karol, MD

Alternative medicine expert, educator, medical health advisor and author. Recognized as a health expert who is highly knowledgeable in conventional medicine, supplementation, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and diet and exercise programs. Karol graduated with a B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Following this Karol completed a doctor of medicine degree as well as the medical post-graduation internship in Europe. Karol started his media career by hosting the radio Radical Remedies portion of The Natural Health Show. The Natural Health Show brings together a collection of health experts to discuss natural health solutions in a way that’s easy to understand. Karol also speaks on health matters and the potential of healthy ingredients on video blogs and at health tradeshows. He currently works closely with and represents some of Canada’s leading health product companies. Karol is currently the Medical Director of Vitarock.com, an online store for all things healthy. Here Karol reviews the products considered by Vitarock to ensure they meet the company’s four core pillars; to be pure, green, safe and fair. He also interacts directly with Vitarock’s online shoppers, being available by phone to provide a free medical consultation and to recommend the best possible products. He is also a senior advisor for dicentra, one of Canada’s leading regulatory and scientific consulting firms. Karol reviews science and compiles reports for Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help companies bring new and exciting products and ingredients to market. His overall philosophy is that as a society we should implement a more personal approach to our existing medical system showing more empathy, personal attention, as well as emotional and psychological support to individuals in need of help. He also believes in the value of integrating modern Western medical practice with natural remedies, exercise, time spent with nature, and a healthy diet rich in super foods.

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